Ukrainian Resilience

Weekly Speaker Series 

Civil Society Organizations & Ukrainian Resilience

Questions? Email Sarah Wilson Sokhey (

Our series will start again in September 2024. See links to recordings of our events below.

Organizers: Roman Oleksenko (Community Project Manager, Kyiv, Ukraine), Olga Nikolska (ISAR Ednannia), Geoffrey Glenn (Peace Corps Virtual Service), Sarah Wilson Sokhey (University of Colorado Boulder)

Co-sponsored by: PONARS Eurasia (The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.), ISAR Ednannia (civil society organization, Kyiv, Ukraine), and the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder

Recordings of our events from Fall 2023 on YouTube 

Recordings of our events from Spring 2024 on YouTube

Civil Society Organizations Featured in Our Series

Events in Spring 2024

March 1: Dispelling the Myths of Ukraine: Media, History, and Culture

March 8: Women in War (on International Women's Day)

"Nothing has changed since the sun went down

only the complexion of several thousand people changed

in those years

Serhiy lost Yana

Yulia lost Ilya

Inna lost Igor

Halyna lost Mykola

all names are real all losses are not fictional" 

Read the full poem by Yaryna Chornohuz here:

March 15: Kidnapped & Orphaned Youth

"More Than 700,000 Ukrainian Children Taken To Russia Since Full-Scale War Started, Official Says," RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, July 31, 2023 

March 22: Youth and Civic Engagement

You can see more about the Ukrainian Volunteer Service here.

 Please see this powerful video (created by the band, Imagine Dragons) with a Ukrainian boy whose home and whole town were destroyed. 

March 29: War from a Teenage Perspective

April 5: The Impact of the War on Families & Migration

April 12: Diversity in Ukraine, Part 1

April 19: Diversity in Ukraine, Part 2

April 26: Stand-Up Comedy in the Time of War

Events in Fall 2023 (recordings on YouTube)

September 22: Launch event - Civil  Society and Ukrainian Resilience: Paving a Way Forward with Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, John E. Herbst

September 29: Civil Society in Ukraine Since the 1990s   

October 6: Civil Society Filling in Governance Gaps

October 13: Soft Power: russian Influence in Ukraine, the US, and the World

October 20: International Networks of Support

October 27: Disinformation & Propaganda, and Western Perspectives

November 3: The Role of Civil Society in Ukraine’s Future